Hidden hazards in the workplace

It's fairly obvious that safety and health hazards can exist on worksites filled with heavy machinery and equipment, where employees often are required to engage in strenuous manual labor.    A job where most of the work tasks are...

Published May 27, 2019

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It's fairly obvious that safety and health hazards can exist on worksites filled with heavy machinery and equipment, where employees often are required to engage in strenuous manual labor. 

 

A job where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office building would seem less fraught with danger. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting.

 

Here are 25 steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury among your office staff.

 

Falls

Slips, trips and falls, the most common type of office injury. Several hazards contribute to these injuries, although most can be significantly reduced, often by raising awareness among employees.

1. Stay clutter-free

2. Standing on chairs

3. Maintain a clear line of vision

4. Carpeting and other skid-resistant surfaces can serve to reduce falls.

 

Take a look at our Slips, Trips and Falls poster

 

Struck/caught by an object

5. Shut the drawer

6. Safe stacking

 

Ergonomics injuries

Office workers spend the bulk of their day seated at a desk and working on a computer, they are prone to strains and other injuries related to posture and repetitive movement. Ergonomics hazards can be difficult to detect.

7. Provide adjustable equipment

8. Train workers on how to use equipment

9. Keep your feet on the floor

10. Provide document holders

11. Correct mouse placement

 

Workplace Ergonomics

 

Vision problems

12. Dim the lights and use task lamps

13. Correctly position monitors

14. Minimize screen glare

15. Wear the right glasses

16. Increase font size on computer

17. Take a break

 

Fire Safety

18. Maintain cords in good repair

19. Inspect space heaters

20. Never block fire sprinklers

21. Do not block escape routes or prop open fire doors

 

Take a look at our guide on How to use a Fire Extinguisher

 

Administrative controls

22. Conduct walk-throughs

23. Monitor signs of musculoskeletal disorders

24. Talk to employees about their concerns

                                                         25. Establish employee reporting systems

 

For more resources and information visit our Tips & Tricks page

 

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